Amazon's Alexa is one of the most popular voice assistants around. It's available on almost every platform, and the company has been improving the Android app of late with features like hands-free, hotword-activated voice commands. Now Amazon has announced a revamp of the app's home screen, along with new navigation and a sleek new design.
Amazon is working on something called "Alexa for Apps," a new feature that will better integrate the company's smart digital assistant with the apps on your phone via voice commands. And we don't just mean asking Alexa to start an app, we mean further passing details from your question or command to the app itself.
The Echo Plus is Amazon's high-end smart speaker, with improved sound and a built-in Zigbee hub over the base model. It's usually priced in the $100-150 range, but now you can get it for the lowest recorded price yet — $79.99.
Amazon's voice assistant works on a ton of devices from TVs to tablets. There's even an Alexa app on Android that lets you talk to Alexa instead of your default voice assistant. Support for full Alexa voice interaction came in 2018, but it's always required a press of the big blue button — until now.
Smart home technology has taken indoor (and outdoor) security to the next level. If you're looking for some added surveillance in your house, with smart action capabilities, the TP-Link Kasa Indoor Camera is worth considering. It's currently available for only $40 — $20 cheaper than the usual price-tag.
If the Amazon Echo is not powerful enough, you should consider the higher-end Echo Studio. It was unveiled in September and is Amazon's answer to the Google Home Max. It's currently down to just $170 and comes with a free Hue bulb, which represents a $60 discount over the traditional MSRP.
Amazon's Echo Look sounded like some kind of late April Fools joke when it landed back in 2017, offering smart "style assistant" functionality via Alexa. The whole gimmick was literally that it took photos and videos of you showing off your clothes you when you asked, and could run them past a "Style Check" for AI-automated fashion judgment. You really couldn't make something that ridiculous up, and now Amazon is killing it. The Echo Look itself has been discontinued, and both it and its associated app will stop working in July.
JustWatch is a neat way to find out which streaming service has the TV show or movie you’re looking for. But wouldn’t it be better if you could simply ask the Google Assistant to do the searching part? While there is no official solution from JustWatch yet, an indie developer was able to deliver the capability using an Assistant action.
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Smart locks add a level of convenience, as they let you leave your keys behind and grant access to guests remotely. Unfortunately, many of them are bulky, and often use a Bluetooth connection, which could require a separate hub. With the announcement of the Wi-Fi Smart Lock, August wants to address these issues, with a more compact device that connects directly to the Internet.